Elisa Lam was by no means the first victim of the Hotel Cecil, just the most recent.
It wasn’t until hotel guests began complaining about poor water pressure and the odd taste and color of the water coming out of the taps that the mystery of where Elisa Lam went was finally answered.
On February 19, employees attempting to repair one of the rooftop water tanks found deceased Elisa Lam floating face up in the tank.
Elisa Lam’s official cause of death was ruled a drowning, however, the mystery that surrounds it had only added the legend of the Cecil.
Set in Downtown Los Angeles, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL is the story of the Hotel Cortez, a 90-year-old hotel built by serial killer James Patrick March.
But there’s a real story behind this dark and twisted location, the story of The Cecil Hotel which was the real life inspiration for the current season of AHS.
The Cecil Hotel opened in 1924 as a 700-room upper class hotel in what was considered at the time a swanky section of Downtown, Los Angeles.During its early years, it enjoyed great success as a tourist destination and as a residence for middle class Angelinos.However, by the 1930s this would rapidly change as the Cecil became known as a budget hotel for traveling salesmen and other transients.Series co-creator Ryan Murphy had said in numerous press conferences that the Cecil Hotel was the main source of inspiration for this season of AHS, specifically the recent strange case of Elisa Lam, as well as the hotel’s lengthy history of brutal murders, crimes, and strange occurrences.Elisa Lam, a 21 year-old student from Canada, was staying at the Cecil when she was reported missing on January 31 2013.Two weeks later, with the case going nowhere, the LAPD released a video of Lam.